The Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor is a national weekly print newspaper published by the Christian Science Publishing Society and owned by the First Church of Christ, Scientist. The paper was a daily until March, 2009; currently the website is updated daily. First published in 1908, the Christian Science Monitor is headquartered in Boston, Mass.The average age of a Christian Science Monitor reader is 59, and 61 percent of the readers are women. The average household income of the newspapers readers is just under $94,000; over 72 percent have a four-year college degree and more than 40 percent have a post-graduate degree. It covers national and international news. The Christian Science Monitor is not a religious paper. The Christian Science Monitor has won seven Pulitzer Prizes since 1950. The most recent was in 2002 for an editorial cartoon. In 2006, one of the paper's freelance reporters, Jill Carroll was kidnapped in Iraq. She was released after 82 days. The paper has also won other awards, including the National Headliner Award, National Society of Newspaper Columnists awards, and the Reporters and Editors Award. Mary Trammell is the Editor-in-Chief, Jonathan Wells is the Publisher, John Yemma is the Editor and Marshall Ingwerson is the Managing Editor.

Articles from February 18, 2011

5 Books about Chucking It All for Country Living
This is the time of year - when it's been freezing for two months and the city is covered with dirty snow that won't melt for another six weeks - that I dream of trading it all in for a simpler life. You know, one complete with farm animals, caves for...
Bassmaster Classic 2011: Super Bowl of Fishing Takes to Tricky Louisiana Bayou
The Bassmaster Classic 2011 is the most prestigious bass-fishing event in the world, drawing 50 top fishermen to New Orleans in the wake of the BP oil spill. Oil is a nonfactor, organizers say.Picking the right lure and using the right technique to coax...
Brazil's Floods Force Urban Planning Rethink
Brazil's deadliest mudslides on record provided impetus for the government to start enforcing stricter housing regulations and for low-income favela residents to accept relocation.Nilson Gomes de Santa patiently watches a demolition team circle his home...
Casey Abrams Sets the Bar for American Idol Hollywood Week Solos (Video)
The two secret weapons of Season 10 on American Idol are not Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, but Casey Abrams and Lauren Alaina.Every season, Idol has its archetypal contestants and Season 10 is no different. They have the tall, handsome cowboy, John...
Charter Schools Are the Justin Bieber of Education Reform - a Fad Gone Too Far
Among all the programs that face cuts in President Obama's new budget, education is a clear winner. Charter school funding, however, suffers a slight decrease. And this may be a good thing. Charter schools have become another silver-bullet 'idea fad'...
Could Indonesia's Democracy Be Egypt's Model?
Abu Bakar Bashir's trial demonstrates the struggles Indonesia faces a decade after transitioning from authoritarian rule to the world's largest Muslim democracy.The similarities between Indonesia a decade ago and Egypt today are striking: a Muslim majority,...
Egyptians Pack Tahrir, Reveling in Victory - and Bringing New Demands
At a huge rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square Friday Egyptians said they aren't going to ease up 'until all our demands are met.'Egyptian flags waved high under the afternoon sun as thousands gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square for a day of prayer and protest....
Egypt Revolution Unfinished, Qaradawi Tells Tahrir Masses
Leading Islamic theologian Yusuf al-Qaradawi returned from Qatar to rally hundreds of thousands at Tahrir Square today in his first public speech since 1981.Editor's note: Updated on Feb. 18 at 11:49 a.m.Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a leading Egyptian Islamic...
Even the Rain: Movie Review
Set in Bolivia, 'Even the Rain' equates the struggles of the country's modern-day peasants to those of Columbus's day in a sort of elergy to the oppressed.In "Even the Rain," directed by Iciar Bollain and written by KenLoach's longtime screenwriter,...
From Libya to Bahrain, Mideast Autocracy under Fire
After Egypt set Arab imaginations alight, autocrats from Qaddafi to the Khalifa dynasty face an assault unparalleled since the post- World War II revolutions that brought independence.The stunning victories of Tunisians and Egyptians in ousting their...
House Descends into Federal Budget-Cutting Chaos, Just as Planned
House amendments to cut the federal budget kept coming Friday, with Senate Democrats and the White House steeling for a fight. But Republicans say it's 'the House working its will.'The House's seemingly chaotic bid to cut tens of billions of dollars...
How Can Obama Save Our Economy and Our Democracy? Humanities Education
President Obama called the push to revamp our math and science education this generation's 'Sputnik moment.' But how many Americans even know what Sputnik is? Studies show US students don't know their own history. That's what the president should really...
If Obama Opposes Israeli Settlement Activity, Why Did US Veto UN Vote?
A United Nations resolution condemning Israeli settlements, which the US vetoed Friday, put the US in a difficult position at a time when Arabs are rallying for freedom and democracy.In its first United Nations veto, the Obama administration on Friday...
In Ecuador's Landmark $9 Billion Judgment against Chevron, All Sides Unhappy
Plaintiffs representing 30,000 people appealed an Ecuadorian court judgment that ordered Chevron to pay $9 billion in damages for oil contamination in the Amazon. The oil giant is also contesting.You might think Humberto Piaguaje would be happy with...
Interview with Dave Itzkoff, Author of "Cocaine's Son"
Can a former junkie and his son find happiness together through couples therapy?It would be an understatement to say that their relationship got off to a rocky start. Throughout most of Dave Itzkoff's childhood and early adult years, his father was a...
Is the Big Dipper Scooping Dark Matter?
Scientists peered through a galactic window in the ladle of the Big Dipper, using the Herschel telescope to look 10 billion years backwards in time and investigate the origins of galaxies, which turn out to require 20 times less dark matter than previously...
Liam Neeson Plays an Action Hero in 'Unknown': Movie Review
In the high-stakes thriller 'Unknown,' Liam Neeson plays a biotech scientist chasing down shadowy terrorists.Liam Neeson spends just about the entire running time of "Unknown"looking grievously harried. He never cracks a smile, although manybones, his...
Madison Protest: Unions Are Angry - but Wisconsin Should Go Even Further
Union protests in Wisconsin have intensified pressure on Governor Scott Walker's bold plan to curtail public-sector union power. For the sake of fiscal health, Wisconsin should go even further by prohibiting all collective bargaining in the public sector.Chaos...
Mexican Drug Gang Zetas Suspected in US Special Agent Killing
The Mexico drug gang known for its brutal tactics is the initial suspect in Tuesday's attack on two US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.Mexican and US security experts, some with inside information, suspect the Zetas in the killing of an American...
Middle East Could Pivot on Bahrain Protests
A confluence of big-power influence runs through the tiny Gulf state of Bahrain. The outcome of protests there are critical to the US, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. Obama needs to act boldly but carefully.Tiny in both territory and population, the Persian...
Obama Touts High Tech, Business Investment at Intel in Oregon
President Obama visited Intel Corp.'s large manufacturing plant in Oregon Friday. He named Intel CEO Paul Otellini - who's been critical of the administration's economic policies - to the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.President Obama's brief visit...
Q&A with OMB Director Jacob Lew
Budget director Jacob Lew commented on the role of Social Security in solving major budget problems, reports of bipartisan Senate deficit talks, and whether there are contingency plans for a shutdown of the US government at a Feb. 17 Monitor lunch.Budget...
Surfing in the Winter
Clad in neoprene wet suits, surfers brave the freezing waves.Their form-fitting, neoprene black wet suits stand out in sharp relief as Mike Sandusky and Rob Baytor plow through untouched snow about a foot deep in Toronto's Ashbridge's Bay Park, rushing...
The Weight of the World on Your Shoulders
A Christian Science perspective: If multitasking and unforgiving deadlines put the weight of the world on your shoulders, there is freedom in learning more about the divine power that is truly in control.One route home from my office on 42nd Street in...
Uganda Election: Four Reasons Donor Nations Won't Turn Their Backs on President Museveni
As recent events in Egypt have shown, international support for aging despots can wane quickly once crowds hit the street and violence kicks off. Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, in power now for 25 years, already faces declining support outside of...
Why Russia's Medvedev Can't Seem to Deliver
While Russian President Dmitry Medvedev came into office advocating political and cultural reforms, so far he hasn't delivered significant change.Three-quarters of the way through Dmitry Medvedev's first term as president of Russia, civil society activists...
Wisconsin Anti-Union Bill Is a Shameful Attack on Workers' Basic Rights
Let's be clear: Governor Scott Walker and his Republican colleagues aren't really trying to balance the budget. They're using budget shortfalls caused by their own reckless tax cuts as a pretext for attacking collective-bargaining rights and the union...
Wisconsin Protests: Why 'Week of Rage' Matters to Rest of America
Wisconsin protests at the state Capitol pit a new wave of tea party-inspired Republicans against Democrats defending their most cherished ideals. It's a political drama that echoes across the country and could play out again across the newly 'red' Midwest.The...
Wonder Woman: Adrianne Palicki to Star in David E. Kelley's New TV Pilot
Wonder Woman, the new TV pilot of the DC Comics heroine, has been unveiled. Adrianne Palicki will star as Wonder Woman in the new TV pilot written by the creator of 'Ally McBeal' and 'Boston Legal.'After months of speculation, Adrianne Palicki has won...
Yemen, Awash in Guns, Wary about Unrest
Yemen has the highest guns-per-capita ratio in the world after the US. Tribesmen - some of whom have camped out in Sanaa's Tahrir Square - are widely said to have grenades, mortars, and even a rare tank.As Yemeni protests escalate, tribesmen from rural...
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